Man arrested after police officer shot in face during traffic stop
PLEASANT VALLEY, Mo. — Police arrested a 31-year-old Kansas City man suspected of shooting a Pleasant Valley police officer in the face after a traffic stop.
Omar D. Maria was taken into custody without incident in the 1900 block of Parallel Avenue, in Kansas City, KS.
This comes after officers were able to gather information leading to a potential suspect and his possible location surrounding the officer-involved shooting.
When officers arrived on the scene, they set up a perimeter around the home where Maria had barricaded himself. After a short standoff, Maria came out of the home and taken into custody. Authorities also took an unidentified woman into custody for questioning.
Maria was arrested for an active federal probation violation warrant for his arrest issued by the U.S. Marshall’s Service for a weapons violation and transported to the Wyandotte County Jail. He is also being questioned regarding the officer-involved shooting investigation.
Pleasant Valley police said one of their officers pulled over a 2004 green Honda Accord with Tennessee license plates about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on southbound Interstate 35 just north of Interstate 435 in the Northland.
When the suspect vehicle pulled to the shoulder, the driver immediately exited his vehicle and began shooting towards the officer, police said. The suspect then fled the scene in his vehicle.
The officer was struck in the face from one of the rounds. He is expected to survive.
Authorities have not released the name of the officer.
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control at the request of the Pleasant Valley Police Department.
The Kansas City, KS Police Department, the Kansas City, MO, Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Pleasant Valley Police Department are assisting with the investigation.